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Downsizing (2017)

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A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

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"Downsizing" follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to five inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.

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We are meant for something bigger.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use. | See all certifications »

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Downsizing  »

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Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,954,287, 24 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,449,754, 1 February 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,716,619, 26 January 2018
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2.39 : 1
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The building which houses the scientific conference at the beginning of the movie is actually the Aga Khan Museum, located in Toronto, Canada See more »

Goofs

An Olive Garden employee mentions "Baked Potato Soup." Olive Garden does not carry/make Baked Potato Soup (their Zuppa Toscana soup has some potatoes in it, but this is not the same thing). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Andreas Jacobsen: [in Norwegian to technician who has rushed into his office] Yes, Jorgen?
Dr. Jorgen Asbjørnsen: We have it... Andreas, we have it... It works!
[the embrace]
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.136 (2018) See more »

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Closer to Free
Written by Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas (as Sam Llanas)
Performed by BoDeans
Courtesy of Slash Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Much better than the ratings suggest imo
25 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

After watching this film and then seeing the low rating for it I was really surprised, did I see the same movie ? this could have been a silly film about being small in a big world a bad borrowers concept maybe? I saw an interesting and emotional drama about an under achieved man , Paul (Matt Damon) looking for a better life, he is betrayed by the one person he wanted an improved life with. There is a message about mankind here too , our planet is overpopulated and we need to find a solution, the downsizing concept actually makes a lot of sense. As usual in the real world good ideas can be abused in the wrong hands or turned against humanity. Big or small there will always be a class system, winners and losers . Ok the film is far from perfect and loses its way a bit in the second half with the under explored imminent catastrophe angle. The quirkiness highlights come in the Vietnamese girl , Ngoc Lan Tran (Hong Chou) who takes over Pauls disappointing new life and his neighbour Dusan (Christoph Waltz) who adds a new spark, together they give Paul new purpose, a chance to make up for unfulfilled aspirations, at the end of the day what do we all want out of life ?


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